FACC-SLAA’s FilAm’s Got Talent (FGT) Dance Competition in celebration of the Filipino American History Month (FAHM) was a resounding success!
It was a HIGH-ENERGY competition and the crowd SCREAMING in excitement. Contestants came early, practicing their routines. They were inspired not only for the cash prize but also the challenge of having the presence of two (2) judges from Junior New System (JNS), Christian Ian Santos and Jevin Valencia and Mar Visda, JNS Artistic Director. The SouthBay Pavilion Center Court was jampacked despite some rain showers.
Drum Roll Please…FACC-SLAA FilAms Got Talent DANCE CHAMPION 2018 is CREW CYNOSURE, a 5-member dance team of boys & girls in their twenties, established in 2017 and asserts to be strong, fearless and unapologetic team. They took home a cash prize of $1,000. The 2nd prize, winning $700 is HIT-LIST, an 8-member team established in 2012. They are all boys with youngest at 17 years old and oldest at 32 who said they just want to have fun. The 3rd prize, winning $500 is KINDREDS OF CARSON, a 6-member team established in 2012 defined as One Team, One Family. The special award of Best in Costume went to Dazzling Group, a team of 4 girls who performed a Tango routine, the Most Creative Choreography went to Crew Cynosure <>and the Crowd Favorite is Carson Elite.
The special guest singer, former FACC SLAA FGT Singing Champion, the lovely Shekinah Paguirigan charmed the contestants and the audience with her beautiful face and her soft romantic voice. The crowd just loves her, especially those young boys who joined her on stage.
What blows the audience away was the incredible performance of Junior New System (JNS), America’s Got Talent Semi-Finalist. It was exhilarating. Everybody had their iPhones focused on them. When they switch to their famous high heels, the audience just went CRAZY. It was nerve-wracking to watch them dancing and tumbling in heels on a slippery cement floor.
FACC SLAA would like to thank the following for making this first FGT Dance Competition a success:
- SouthBay Pavilion Mall – Carson in coordination with the Marketing Director, Sweeney Mae Montinola and Project Coordinator, Breanna Whittiker
- Judges: Junior New System, Mar Visda-JNS Artistic Director, Nonie Belarmino-iDance, Ms. Josie Jones-Admiral Home Health, Lini Teal-Community Leader and Philanthropist, Edith Zambrano of Books ‘En More represented by Pierangeli Manansala, Elena Lapid (who had a family emergency)-Lapid Foods Inc. and Manny Legaspi of Legaspi Tax Service
- Emcee, the Television Host and Producer, Ms. Kat Iniba
- Special guest singer, Ms. Shekinah Paguirigan
- Food sponsor Jollibee USA
- The office of Congresswoman Nanette Barragan for the Certificates of Congressional Recognition for all the FAHM participants courtesy of Francisco Carillo
- Trophy sponsors: Ms. Loi Herrera, Janice Jimenez of Regal Inc., Noel Tabasco of YengTabs Sari Sari & Mabuhay Federal Credit Union
- City of Carson represented by Councilman Elito Santarina
A BIG THANK YOU to the special guest JUNIOR NEW SYSTEM-America’s Got Talent Semi-Finalist for gracing and celebrating the FAHM with FACC-SLAA.
Thank you to all our exhibitors:
- Berkshire Hathaway – Annalissa Castillo
- Berkshire Hathaway – Joel Dalguntas
- Carson Adult Daycare Health Center – Evelyn Andamo c/o Paz Villanueva
- Carson Discount Pharmacy – Nader George
- Colonial Life– Rose Pasquel
- doTERRA – Espie Pasigan
- Gift by Bing – Eleanor Roxas
- Javita – Lydia Sadler
- Kannaway – Ernie Devera
- M & H Builder
- Mabuhay FCU – Fred Docdocil
- New American Funding – Carryne Latada
- Nikkei FCU – Jay Lee
- Regal Inc. – Janice Jimenez & Norma delos Reyes
- Cook for Less-Saladmaster – Tess & Boy Bondoc
- StripedUp Barber Shop – Jay
And to all our contestants:
- Gratuity – Leader Austin Santos
- Hit-List – Leader Marc Miranda (2nd prize winner)
- Franz N Family – Leader Bradly Apigo
- Crew Cynosure – Leader Josue Garcia (1st prize winner)
- Dazzling Group – Leader Carmen Young
- Kindreds of Carson – Leader Angie Catbagan (3rd prize winner)
- Off-Set – Leader Joshua Sanchez
- Supreme Team – Leader Jeanen Gorre
- The Avocado Angels – Leader Paris & Dee Melton
- Carson Elite – Leader Kris Alcantara
Hats off to the board of directors, members, associates and volunteers of FACC-SLAA for a job well done.